A tale of many cities: Editor's introduction (R.D. Norton). Part I. Getting Real. Social distress and the urban underclass (D.A. Hicks). Urban decline in the world's developed economies: an examination of the trends (R.D. Ebel). Urban revitalization in Paris, Stockholm and Amsterdam: a view from the United States (D.E. Gale). Part II. Governing in a Whirlwind. The post municipal city (A. Pascal). Low income housing in the 1980s (E.S. Mills, K. Kaiser). Effects of population growth on local spending and taxes (H. Ladd). Taxes and speculative behavior in land and real estate markets (K.E. Case). Part III. Techno-Currents. The influence of communications and data processing technology on urban form (B. Chinitz). Technology and cities (M. Moss). Industrial districts: old wine in new bottles? (B. Harrison). The westward rebirth of American computing (R.D. Norton). Part IV. Does Economic Development Policy Matter? Federal policy toward state and local economic development in the 1990s (T.J. Bartik). Urban entrepreneurialism and national economic growth (H. Cisneros). The limits of economic development programs (E.S. Mills).